Under California law, all drivers owe everyone on the road a duty to drive carefully. This means that as a motorcyclist, you have the same rights on the road as any car, truck, SUV, or bus.
In a sudden stop motorcycle accident case, the at fault party — whether it was the driver or the motorcyclist — would be responsible for negligent or reckless driving. If you were injured as a motorcyclist by a driver who made a sudden stop, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver to recover compensation for your injuries. You would have to show that the driver breached a duty of care owed to you by being reckless or negligent. You also need to show that their negligent behavior was the direct cause of your injuries.
Once you are able to prove this, you can recover compensation for your medical bills, the cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle and other applicable expenses. You can also recover compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and any injuries or permanent disfigurement you have suffered.
It’s worth mentioning that a leading cause of motorcycle accidents is road rage. If you were injured because of another driver’s road rage, you may be able to sue them for punitive damages. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant for a wrongful act that caused harm or death to another. Punitive damages are only awarded when the actions of a defendant were intentional, reckless, or malicious.